Lahore Karakorum Highway History Nature Tour

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Duration

11 days, 11 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

16 people

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About this tour

Rich Culture

Go on culture exploration adventures

Top of the world

Enjoy spectacular views as you summit peaks

Splash out

Explore remote lakes, waterfalls by foot

On foot

Head for the hills and visit mountain villages

Delicious Food

Enjoy the rich flavours and spices

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Overview

  • Cultural Immersion in Lahore: Wander the historic streets of Lahore, visit the Royal Mosque and Fort, and witness the Wagah Border flag ceremony, a patriotic spectacle.

  • Enchanting Hunza Valley: Experience the timeless beauty and warm hospitality of Hunza Valley, with stops at ancient Buddhist sites and the stunning Khunerab National Park.

  • Scenic Drives and Mountain Views: Travel along the legendary Karakoram Highway, marveling at rugged landscapes, towering peaks, and the breathtaking Naran Babusar Top.

  • Nature’s Splendor: Discover pristine waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, and diverse flora and fauna in the picturesque surroundings of Northern Pakistan.

  • Hiking to Nanga Parbat Base Camp: Embark on a thrilling hike to the iconic Nanga Parbat base camp, surrounded by lush meadows, dense forests, and panoramic mountain views.

  • Fairy Meadows and Tranquil Retreats: Relax and rejuvenate at Fairy Meadows, soaking in the ethereal beauty of the landscape and basking in the tranquility of nature.

  • Cultural Exchanges: Engage with local communities, savor traditional cuisine, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Northern Pakistan.

  • Memorable Experiences: Create long-lasting memories with fellow travelers, forge new friendships, and experience the magic of exploration in one of the world’s most captivating regions.

Discover the Majesty of Northern Pakistan: A Journey of Culture, History, and Nature

Welcome to an 11-day adventure like no other, where every moment is a treasure waiting to be uncovered. Our Lahore Karakorum Highway History Nature Tour invites you to delve deep into the captivating culture and breathtaking landscapes of Northern Pakistan. From ancient monuments to majestic mountains, from bustling cities to serene valleys, this journey promises an immersive experience that will leave you spellbound.

Day 1: Arrival in Lahore Your adventure begins in the vibrant city of Lahore, where history and modernity blend seamlessly. Explore the narrow lanes of the old city, witness the grandeur of the Royal Mosque, and step back in time at the Royal Fort. The evening culminates with the awe-inspiring Wagah Border flag ceremony, a display of patriotic fervor that will leave you in awe.

Day 2-3: Lahore to Hunza Valley Embark on a scenic drive along the legendary Karakoram Highway, a marvel of engineering that winds through rugged terrain and offers jaw-dropping vistas. En route, stop at ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples, soaking in the spiritual essence of the region. As you enter the enchanting Hunza Valley, be prepared to fall in love with its timeless beauty and warm hospitality.

Day 4-5: Exploring Hunza Valley Spend two days exploring the wonders of Hunza Valley, a paradise nestled amidst towering peaks. Visit the picturesque Khunerab National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, and marvel at the majestic Naran Babusar Top, standing tall at over 4000 meters. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of pristine waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes, where every view is a masterpiece painted by nature.

Day 6-7: Nanga Parbat Base Camp and Fairy Meadows Embark on a thrilling hike to the legendary Nanga Parbat base camp, a mecca for mountaineers and nature enthusiasts. Traverse through lush meadows and dense forests, with the mighty Nanga Parbat (8126m) standing as a sentinel of grandeur. The ethereal Fairy Meadows beckon, offering panoramic views that will take your breath away.

Day 8-9: Return Journey and Cultural Immersion As we bid farewell to the mountains, the journey back is filled with reflections on the experiences shared and memories made. Immerse yourself in local culture, savoring traditional cuisine and engaging with welcoming communities along the way.

Day 10-11: Lahore and Departure Return to Lahore, where you’ll have the opportunity to revisit favorite spots or discover hidden gems. Reflect on your journey over a farewell dinner, celebrating newfound friendships and the magic of exploration. Depart with a heart full of memories and a soul enriched by the beauty of Northern Pakistan.

Join us on this extraordinary adventure, where each day unfolds like a chapter in a captivating story, and every moment is infused with the spirit of discovery. Let’s create unforgettable memories together in the majestic North of Pakistan.

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Trip Information

Arrival and Departure Information
  • When you arrive in, a VE representative will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall with either a VE sign or one bearing your name. If you don’t see them immediately, please be patient and stay in the arrivals area. They may be assisting another traveler and will be back shortly.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included. Travelers who purchase their own flights, and who’ll arrive and depart from the same airports on the same travel days as their fellow group members, may request transfers with VE Tours for an additional cost.
Tour Pacing

Tour pacing considers how often you’ll switch hotels, what you’ll do each day, and how you’ll get from place to place. You can expect:

  • Most days and evenings to be full of included activities.
  • Most transportation to be by private car, SUV or motor coach.
  • Daily bus time to vary and occasionally be lengthy.

 

Walking, Terrain & Physical Considerations
  • Travelers should be prepared to walk 1–2 kilometers each day on city streets, cobblestone roads, and uneven stone and dirt paths.
  • Stone pathways and archaeological sites can become slick when wet.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
Climate Considerations

Weather conditions can vary significantly throughout your journey. In the Northern mountains, where elevations exceed 3,000 meters, even during mid-summer, the weather can become harsh with occasional snow flurries. Islamabad and the plains generally experience higher temperatures compared to the mountains. During autumn, the weather is usually pleasant, featuring warm days and cooler nights as you ascend higher. However, early snowfall in autumn can bring chilly temperatures, particularly during the night, so it’s important to be prepared.

Meals  and Cuisine

  • This tour includes all lunches and  dinners for Gold and Diamond package. They may be set menus, buffets, or family-style meals, depending on the location. Meals also include  water, coffee, and tea.
  • A hotel breakfast is included each morning in all pacakges.
  • While meat-free options abound in the country, Pakistan’s known for flavorful meat dishes like Karahi, kebab (a mixture of meats and seasonings, skewered and grilled) and biryani (a hearty serving of rice, meat, and spices). 
  • Meals are usually served with rice or a variety of breads, such as unleavened roti and famous, flat naan.

Accommodations

  • We handpick every hotel you’ll stay at, striking a balance between comfort, location, and local charm.
  • Specific properties will vary based on your chosen package, departure date, but are typically guesthouses and two to five-star hotels, always include private bathrooms, and usually have in-room safes for valuables. Additionally, your hotels will have Wi-Fi, but access may be limited to common areas. Also, there may not be elevators.
  • Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that your accommodations will have laundry services or facilities. 

Power cuts and internet outages are common in Gilgit Baltistan and you should be prepared for the possibility of this.

Solo Travel and Single Supplements

At our company, a significant portion, approximately 80%, of our clients are solo travelers, so the likelihood of you being alone on your journey is minimal.

Our pricing structure is typically based on twin-share accommodations. However, it’s important to note that single supplements are not mandatory for any of our tours. If you prefer not to pay for a single supplement, we will arrange for you to share accommodations with another solo traveler of the same gender throughout the duration of the trip.

If you choose to pay for a single supplement on this particular trip, please be aware that it will cover you for all nights of the tour except for accommodations at the local guest houses.

It’s worth mentioning that paying for a single supplement ensures you have sole occupancy of a single room. While these rooms are generally of similar size to double/twin rooms, there may be instances where they are slightly smaller.

We strive to accommodate all our travelers’ preferences and ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone, whether traveling solo or with companions.

Transport

This tour utilizes various modes of transportation, including, planes, cars, rickshaws, and 4×4, jeeps or land cruisers.

All our group transfers between locations will be taken in a privatized well  maintained vehicle.

Key Considerations

Vertical Explorers emphasizes that this tour is suitable for individuals in good health, with an adventurous spirit and an open mindset, as many activities are optional. Please be aware of steep walks in valleys. Additionally, note that some driving days are extended due to road conditions rather than distance.

Please be informed that administrative and security requirements in Pakistan can change suddenly, impacting the itinerary. Visitors must remain flexible, understanding that overnight stops and itinerary details may change. Some journeys may be lengthy due to road conditions and security arrangements.

Guide & Supporting Team

For the full duration of your trip you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking guide.

  • Your tour guide will lead your group. Their role is not only to provide information and context on the destinations you visit, but also to confirm services, coordinate inclusions, prepare each day’s activities, and support travelers while on tour. As such, they must focus on the success of the group, and can’t provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • During the trek, your guide will be assisted by our local support team which will include an assistant guide, driver, cook and porters.

On-Tour Support

During your Tour in Pakistan, one of the invaluable benefits we offer is access to our 24/7 Emergency Support Team. With our extensive network of regional offices and comprehensive risk management guidelines, this dedicated team is equipped to anticipate and address on-tour challenges in a flexible and proactive manner.

Through rigorous training, incident response planning, and decades of experience, our On-Tour Support team is prepared to assist travelers and Tour Guides in various scenarios, ranging from personal health concerns and injuries to unforeseen events. Their expertise extends to coordinating with outside specialists and collaborating with local and international authorities as necessary, ensuring a comprehensive approach to handling emergencies.

Moreover, our team is committed to facilitating communication between travelers and their families in case of emergencies, whether they occur on the road or back home. You can rest assured that our On-Tour Support will be there to provide additional support and assistance throughout your Vertical Explorers Tour, prioritizing your safety and peace of mind at all times.

Time Zones

Pakistan is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 10 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). The country does not observe daylight saving time.

Getting There

You will need to arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Airport code (code ISB) on day 1 of your itinerary. If you would prefer to arrive a few days earlier, we would be happy to book additional hotel accommodation for you on request.

In order to reach Gilgit/Skardu, it is necessary to fly first to Islamabad and then take a domestic flight up to Gilgit/Skardu or travel on KKH /or Naran( only in summer months) to reach there.

 There are multiple routes for travelers from Europe, East Asia, Austraila and the USA to reach Pakistan.

The primary gateway is Islamabad International Airport. Numerous airlines operate flights to Islamabad via the Middle East, with Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Turkish Airline, Batik, Thai and Emirates being prominent options. These carriers offer daily flights with layovers at their respective hubs. However, it’s essential to scrutinize layover durations, as some can be considerably lengthy. Qatar Airways typically offers the shortest layovers, particularly at Doha.

Those coming from China can fly to Kashgar and enter Pakistan by road via Khunjerab pass to Pakistan and from India via only Wagha border between Lahore and Amritsar.

In summary, travelers have several flight options to reach Islamabad from Europe and the USA, with layovers in the Middle East or via Bankok. Careful consideration of layover duration and airline reputations can contribute to a smoother travel experience, particularly for those embarking on this trip in Pakistan.

Domestic flights from Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit depart in the mornings and take roughly 1 hour. Remember that if you book your international and domestic flight separately, you will need to collect your luggage and check in again for your domestic flight. Be sure to allow enough time for this in between flights!

There are only two domestic airlines providing flights to Skardu /Gilgit PIA and Air blue from Islamabad to Skardu.

Most flights depart between 6am and 11am daily.

On arrival at the airport, once you have collected your luggage, please look out for a member of our local team in the arrivals area. They will then travel with you via a car to our hotel. 

There are only two airports in Gilgit Baltistan.

But there is a daily flight from Islamabad whole year but subject to weather.

Almost all routes to Gilgit and Skardu require a layover in Islamabad, and often due to flight times, an overnight. Also flying in and out of this airport can be hair-raising, due to its geographical location high in the mountains.

Flights can only  depart  during the day when visibility is clear and the weather is favorable, so flight delays and cancellations are common.

Fly to Islamabad

Flights to Islamabad International Airport in Islamabad operate regularly from many around the world and it is easy to find direct flights. If you are coming from outside of Pakistan, you are definitely stopping in Islamabad before heading to Skardu/ Gilgit. You  will need to go through Immigration and Customs and will need to retrieve your luggage even if your flight to Skardu/Gilgit is  immediately afterwards.

If your flight lands in Islamabad after 9 AM , you will need to spend the evening in Islamabad. We recommend heading to the Islamabad city which takes about 35 minutes by taxi as there is no hotel close to airport.

From Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit

From Islamabad, nonstop flights from Islamabad to Skardu or Gilgit Airport cost anywhere from $100 to $200 and run every day of the week. The flight is only 50 minutes long. We do recommend booking few weeks before departure as there is a high demand  and low supply. They seem to cancel flights less often and have more options if you need to move your flight.

Another way to get there from Islamabad is by the road.

Hop on a bus from Rawalpindi Pirwadah Bus station to Skardu or Gilgit. There are many buses leaving to Skardu and Gilgit each day on KKH.

Cross Border (Khunjerab Pass) From China

Crossing Khunjerab Pass from Tashkurgan, China to Pakistan (From April to November –

Monday -Friday  except Holidays)

To do this crossing from China, you have to have your visa for Pakistan  in advance by online or through the embassy consulate in your country. https://vepakistan.com/pakistan-visa-information/ you cannot get a Visa in Tashkurgan or Kashgar for Pakistan.

Also, there is no stop to purchase food/snacks/drinks along the way (Tashkurgan to Sost); so ensure that you take enough snacks /food/drink with you to last you this 4+hr drive You can to take a local bus to make this crossing. You can take a private car, higher in prices to bus but smoother  and quicker. The bus that goes from China to Pakistan is run by the Xinjiang Province Govt; whereas the bus from Pakistan to China is run by NATCO, a Pakistani govt service. The bus tickets cannot be bought in advance. You can only purchase them on the day of travel. The purchase of the  bus ticket and the start of the bus route for this border crossing bus is NOT at the bus stop in Tashkurgan town. Instead, go to the  Customs/ Immigration building on the outskirts of Tashkurgan (towards Pakistan, about 2km outside Tashkurgan downtown); and buy the tickets (RMB 225 each, cash) at the small building at the far end of the parking lot of the Customs/Immigration building. The Bus is supposed to leave at 11:30AM Beijing time (9:30AM Uyghur time). However, the departure time can be late as all travelers have to clear through Chinese Customs and Immigration.. you need to keep your luggage with you, as the bus is not allowed to be loaded until it is cleared by Chinese Customs.

Note, There is a bathroom on the edge of the parking lot of the Customs building. Once you are through Customs/Immigration formalities, you cannot go anywhere unescorted (since you have officially left China). So bathroom visit here once you have cleared Customs/Immigration has to be escorted to the bathroom at edge of the parking lot. No other restrooms are provided.

Once you board the bus and leave, there is one Chinese soldier will join the bus and escort it all the way to the Khunjerab Pass Police border post. Along the way, there are multiple Chinese police posts where your passport /visa will be checked. There are NO bathroom facilities on the way; jungle bathrooms are your only choice.

At the border, the bus simply crosses over into Pakistan without stopping on the Chinese side, crosses over from right hand drive to left hand drive, and stops on the Pakistani side for a jungle bathroom break, and to take pictures.

In Pakistan, the Pakistan Customs/Immigration is in Sost, which is another 60+kms away. Along the way, you have  to cross a Khunjerab National Park; for which foreigners are required to pay US$ 40 each (cash only, US$’s only). Pakistani and Chinese nationals don’t pay anything. So make sure you have the cash on hand.

In Sost you need get clear through Pakistani Customs and Immigration. Foreigners have a separate line, and takes much longer than Pakistanis and Chinese nationals. Make sure your Passport+ Visa are totally in order as they check everything very carefully. We can arranged your pick up from here for the rest of trip in Pakistan.

If you want to travel your own,  you can take a mini bus/van during the day time to Hunza Aliabad, (approximately takes 2 hours travel time) and from there another bus onward to Gilgit ((approximately takes 3 hours travel time)).

From Gilgit you can catch a van to reach Skardu during day time only which takes 5+ hours.

Cross Border From India
Cross Wahga Border to Lahore and travel Islamabad by Bus:-

Take a taxi, rickshaw from Amritsar to Wahga Border. The ride takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Wahga Indian side. Cross the border by foot. (open from 10 am to 5 pm daily) Walk across the Border, After immigration at Pakistan side Take a bus or Rickshaw on to Lahore city which takes around 1 hour. From Lahore there are many buses leave for Islamabad after every 30 minutes. There is also train service from Lahore to Islamabad.

Pre-Trip Briefing

It is a requirement of joining any of our trips that you attend a pre-trip briefing the evening before the trip begins. This gives our guides the opportunity to speak to you about your adventure, and sort out any last-minute queries or concerns.

Luggage Allowance

  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you exceed baggage size and weight restrictions, and you’ll be responsible for any fees incurred.
  • Your on-tour flights may have tighter capacity limits than the ones you’ll take to get to and from Pakistan, with weight restrictions as low as 33lbs for checked bags and 15lbs for carry-ons. Be sure to contact your airline(s) for the baggage size and weight restrictions on your specific flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • Travelers must be able to manage their luggage; porters aren’t guaranteed at airports.

During the trekking part (if any) your luggage along with all the group equipment will be carried by porters. You should bring two bags with you, a large 80-100 litre duffel bag and a smaller 30-50 litre daypack. Your duffel bag will be carried by the porters each day and made available for you at camp each afternoon. Your daypack will stay with you at all times and should be used to carry spare clothing, water etc.  At all other times your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

Please do not bring a rigid suitcase which is not suitable for carrying by the porters. A flexible duffel bag or backpack is best. Your main luggage must not exceed the luggage limit.

Wifi – Internet Connection!

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels.
  • There is Wi-Fi on our vehicles but it may not work in few areas.
  • You can also get a local sim. The sim card and data costs about $10-20 and works intermittently, could be used for messaging and searching.

In order to pick up a signal in Gilgit Baltistan though, you will need SCOM SIM card, (a local cellular company) which you can easily buy in Skardu/Gilgit – by purchasing from their office.

Responsible Travel

Vertical Explorers is committed to responsible travel practices that benefit the places, people, and animals encountered during our tours in Pakistan. Our core commitments include environmental protection, supporting local communities, and promoting animal welfare.

To maximize your positive impact, we encourage travelers to dine at locally owned restaurants, support small businesses, and engage with the local culture by learning basic phrases in the local language and understanding local etiquette.

Responsible travel also involves minimizing waste, especially single-use plastics. We recommend packing reusable toiletries, using electronic documents, and carrying a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to reduce plastic consumption.

When encountering wildlife, we adhere to World Animal Protection guidelines, respecting their natural behavior and avoiding exploitative practices. Additionally, we discourage purchasing products derived from endangered species or engaging in activities harmful to wildlife.

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including our community empowerment and education projects.

If you have any concerns about our responsible travel commitments during your trip, please don’t hesitate to inform us. We value your feedback and strive to continuously improve our practices.

Responsible Travel

Vertical Explorers is committed to responsible travel practices that benefit the places, people, and animals encountered during our tours in Pakistan. Our core commitments include environmental protection, supporting local communities, and promoting animal welfare.

To maximize your positive impact, we encourage travelers to dine at locally owned restaurants, support small businesses, and engage with the local culture by learning basic phrases in the local language and understanding local etiquette.

Responsible travel also involves minimizing waste, especially single-use plastics. We recommend packing reusable toiletries, using electronic documents, and carrying a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to reduce plastic consumption.

When encountering wildlife, we adhere to World Animal Protection guidelines, respecting their natural behavior and avoiding exploitative practices. Additionally, we discourage purchasing products derived from endangered species or engaging in activities harmful to wildlife.

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including our community empowerment and education projects.

If you have any concerns about our responsible travel commitments during your trip, please don’t hesitate to inform us. We value your feedback and strive to continuously improve our practices.

Budget & Change

In Pakistan, the currency used is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR). It’s important to note that the Pakistani Rupee is a closed currency, so you won’t be able to obtain it before your arrival. Therefore, it’s advisable to travel with US Dollars,Euro, Yuan, Pound Sterlingare any other major currency as they are widely accepted. Ensure that any US bills you carry are new (less than 10 years old), crisp,(no stamped, no writing on it) and untorn, as damaged bills may not be accepted.

If you require local currency, ATMs and banks are available, or you can exchange money at hotels in Islamabad. However, for the trip itself, it’s recommended to carry local currency and you may get a more favorable exchange rate in Islamabad.

For emergency funds, inform your credit or debit card issuer about your travel plans to avoid any issues with card usage abroad.

Souvenirs in Islamabad are generally affordable.

Tips

We understand that tipping customs vary across different countries, but in the context of Pakistan, tipping is prevalent. If you’re embarking on a trip in Pakistan with us, we adhere to the standard practice of tipping as recommended by the travel Agencies Association.

The decision on how much to tip should reflect the level of service provided by our team throughout your trip. Tipping is discretionary, and if you feel dissatisfied with the service, you are not obligated to tip. Tipping can be done in either US dollars or Pakistani Rupees. Please note that US bills should be new (less than 10 years old), crisp, and untorn.

As a guideline, we suggest budgeting $125-$175 per traveler for your tip contribution to guides and porters. It’s essential to remember that any tips for our porters should be carried with you during the trip.

Please note that the figures provided below are approximate and are intended solely as a guideline.

  • Guide: Approximately $5 per person per day
  • Drivers, Chef and assistants: Around $3 per person per day
  • Porters/Mule drivers: Roughly $2 per person per day

Formalities & Health

Embarking on the remarkable journey to this trip in Pakistan requires meticulous attention to formalities and health considerations to ensure a safe and fulfilling adventure. From passport and visa requirements to essential health precautions, thorough preparation is imperative.

Here we will explore the vital aspects of formalities and health that every traveler must address before venturing into the rugged terrain of the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Covering essential topics such as obtaining visa, securing comprehensive insurance, and understanding altitude sickness, our guide aims to provide travelers with the necessary knowledge for a successful trip. Join us as we navigate the critical preparations needed for an unforgettable and safe trip to the scenic regions.

PASSPORT

Ensure that your passport remains valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned arrival date in Pakistan. We advise making a photocopy of your passport and storing it separately from the original; this precaution can be invaluable in case of loss during your travels. It’s imperative to carry your passport with you during the trip, as it is essential for internal flights and may be required for identification purposes.

VISA

you will need to apply for to obtain a Pakistani visa before you embark on your trip. Now online e-visa system makes the application process easier.

Letter of Invitation (LOI)

Foreigners will need to obtain a Letter of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for a visa. You will be able to get the LOI from us (being a licensed tour operator), along with, company registration documents and any other documents you may need.

VACCINATIONS

Below we have set out what is the general guidance for travel to Pakistan. We strongly advise you to consult with your own GP or travel clinic near you before traveling. They will have the most up to date and medically accurate information relevant to you, and should be relied upon over these recommendations.

Strongly Advised Vaccinations

– Hepatitis A: This can be spread via contaminated food and water.
– Tetanus: Tetanus is often present in the soil, and can contaminate open wounds easily. Tetanus vaccine should be used every ten years if traveling.
– Typhoid: Typhoid can also be spread via contaminated food and water, and poor hygiene.
– Diphtheria: This potentially fatal disease is spread mainly via spit, but occasionally through contact with cuts on the skin.
– Yellow Fever: This can be contracted by being bitten by a contaminated mosquito. This vaccination is not essential if you are arriving directly in Pakistan. You do need it though if you plan to arrive through any country that is subject to yellow fever. Simply stopping over at an airport in an affected country should not require vaccination, but leaving the airport even briefly would make it necessary.

Malaria

In Pakistan, the risk of malaria is not prevalent in higher altitude regions like Skardu or most Himalaya Karkoram trips we organize. However, travelers should be aware of the risk of malaria in areas below 1,500m, particularly in regions like Islamabad, Naran, Chilas, Rawalpindi, it’s essential to take anti-malarial medication and follow preventive measures such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and using DEET-based mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active.

INSURANCE

Trekking at high altitude does have dangers. You should ensure that you have good insurance to cover these risks.

How to Choose Travel Insurance for this Trip

We suggest to go with a plan that will cover you for damage to your personal effects and offers compensation for emergency helicopter rescues (just in case). Read the fine print and confirm that you are covered for adventure sports like trekking at altitude.

Some companies won’t cover you if an accident occurs over a certain altitude. Since the maximum altitude gained on the trip is around 4,800 m, you’ll need to be covered up to that elevation.

We recommend the global supplier of travel insurance,  World Nomads who specialise in covering digital nomads and backpackers.

Few others are;

  1. AXA Worldwide Travel Ins

  2. HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC

  3. Ingle International

  4. Travelex Ins. Services

  5. True Traveller Ins

During the pre-trip briefing, please provide a copy of your insurance policy to your guide, who will collect your insurance details. We also advise keeping a copy of your policy summary, including the policy number and emergency contact information for your insurer, in your daypack at all times. This ensures accessibility should we need to contact your insurer on your behalf during your trip.

HEALTH

Covid Testing: No mandatory testing is currently required for vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers.

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of your tour, as well as for any possible delays.
  • It’s important to take precautions against the strong sun exposure in various parts of Pakistan that you’ll be visiting.

  • Stick to bottled water and avoid consuming tap water, even when performing routine tasks like brushing your teeth.

  • Exercise caution when eating fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring they have been thoroughly washed, peeled, or cooked in clean water before consumption.

  • Public restrooms in Pakistan may not always be well-equipped. It’s advisable to carry essentials like bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer with you.

  • Don’t forget to pack a small first aid kit in your carry-on bag, including items like antacids, antidiarrheals, motion sickness medication, and any prescribed medicines you regularly take.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

In anticipation of your adventure in Pakistan, it is essential to undertake adequate preparation to ensure a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. While the routes in Pakistan offer scenic beauty and relatively accessible paths, it is imperative to engage in physical training beforehand.

 

Equipment & Clothing

Preparing for your trip in Pakistan requires careful consideration of the clothing you’ll need to ensure a comfortable and safe journey.  Planning ahead and packing wisely are crucial steps to maximizing your traveling experience.

In this section, we provide detailed guidance on clothing essentials you’ll need to bring along. Additionally, we offer recommendations on other accessories and gear you may require for your trip. Whether you opt for personal gear or choose to rent, our goal is to support you in making the most of your adventure while prioritizing your comfort and enjoyment.

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It’s preferable not to visit Mosques or other holy places with bare  head, legs or shoulders; entrance may be denied on this basis. And remember: You must remove your shoes at all Muslim, Sikh and other religious sites.
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities. Binoculars are also handy for taking a closer look at local wildlife, peaks  and scenery.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • In case of emergencies, we also recommend packing your medical insurance card in your carry-on.

CLOTHING TO BRING

  • Warm beanie style hat – knitted or fleece
  • Neck gaiter or scarf. It can get dusty in Gilgit Baltistan and the air very cold. A scarf or balaclava comes in useful for keeping dust out and can double as a warm layer for your neck / face!
  • Sun hat – preferably wide-brimmed for protection
  • Sunglasses – high UV protection
UPPER BODY
  • Thermal or fleece base layer 
  • Long sleeve shirt/tshirt – light or medium weight, 
  • Lightweight water/windproof hard shell outer jacke
LEGS
  • Trekking trousers – light or medium weight (x2) – convertible trousers work well
  • Waterproof hard shell trousers
FEET
  • Training shoe or similar 
  • Mid-weight trekking socks 
  • Breathable, high-wicking liner socks 

OTHER ACCESSORIES  

  •           Sunscreen and lip balm – high SPF

·        Toiletries, including toilet paper, wet wipes and hand sanitiser

·        Camera and spare batteries

·        Plug adapter, for charging devices in hotels

·        Personal medication and first aid kit

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

·        Small Rucksack or Daypack (30-40 litres) to carry water and personal items

   

Departure Dates and Pricing

Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. VE also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private tour, guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves !

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

Guaranteed

Silver

5th
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Gold

15th
Available

(Women only)

20th
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Silver

25th
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Guaranteed

Diamond

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Silver

5th
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Gold

15th
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20th
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Silver

25th
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Diamond

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Silver

5th
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Gold

15th
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20th
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Silver

25th
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Diamond

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Silver

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Gold

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Silver

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20th
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Silver

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Diamond

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Gold

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Silver

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Gold

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Gold

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Gold

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Silver

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20th
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Silver

25th
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Below are the tiered pricing and services tailored to three different types of travel experiences (budget, standard, luxury), catering to the diverse needs of travelers with varying budgets.

2024 Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
1759
2129
3139
4-5
1459
1779
2589
6-7
1439
1739
2589
8-9
1389
1699
2545
10-11
1309
1619
2429
12-13
1279
1579
2309
14-16
1119
1429
2069

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

Silver Single supplement: US $ 300
Gold Single supplement: US $  400

Diamond Single supplement: US $ 850

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
1759
2129
3139
4-5
1459
1779
2589
6-7
1439
1739
2589
8-9
1389
1699
2545
10-11
1309
1619
2429
12-13
1279
1579
2309
14-16
1119
1429
2069

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

 

Silver Single supplement: US $
Gold Single supplement: US $

Diamond Single supplement: US $

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
1759
2129
3139
4-5
1459
1779
2589
6-7
1439
1739
2589
8-9
1389
1699
2545
10-11
1309
1619
2429
12-13
1279
1579
2309
14-16
1119
1429
2069

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

 

Silver Single supplement: US $
Gold Single supplement: US $

Diamond Single supplement: US $

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Prefer to travel with just your people on your dates?

 

Turn any of our published itineraries into a private trip on any date you want.

From one to whatever, you choose your group. Travel solo, bring one or a few special companions or invite the whole family.

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

You talk, we’ll listen.

Our Trip Guarantee

When we guarantee a trip and you book it, here's what we promise:

Payment Policies

You have up to 30 days to get a full refund
Take the next step confidently with Vertical Explorers: Secure your tour in Pakistan today by enrolling in EasyPay or paying in full upon booking. Rest assured that if your plans change, you’ll receive a full refund.(You have up to 60 days to get a full refund,(Provided you cancel before your Tour Finalization Date)

 

Payment & Cancel Schedule

US $350-450 due at time of reservation
Before Tour Finalization Date: Balance

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Up to tour Finalization Date: No Charge!
30 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
20-15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
10 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Departure Options

Departure Options

You have the flexibility to embark on this trip from either Islamabad or Skardu, allowing you to choose the starting point that best suits your preferences and travel arrangements. Whether you prefer the convenience of Islamabad or the adventure of beginning directly from Skardu, the choice is yours. Join us for an unforgettable trip experience, starting from the location that aligns perfectly with your journey.

from Islamabad

Islamabad to Islamabad basis

9 Days, 8 Nights

Embark on an exhilarating journey that begins in Islamabad and concludes in Islamabad, or opt shorten to  end  in Skardu.

Begin your journey into the mesmerizing landscapes of Pakistan with our Islamabad trip start option. This choice allows you to kick off your adventure from the vibrant capital city, where modernity meets natural beauty in a seamless blend.

Day 1 in Islamabad sets the stage for your trip experience, offering opportunities to explore the city’s iconic landmarks, immerse yourself in local culture, and prepare for the exhilarating days ahead. From lush green parks to bustling markets and historical sites, Islamabad provides a perfect introduction to the diverse wonders of Pakistan.

Our experienced guides will ensure you have a smooth transition from the city to your travel destinations, providing insights, assistance, and safety measures every step of the way. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time adventurer, the Islamabad trip start option promises a memorable and rewarding journey in one of South Asia’s most captivating destinations.

Join us as we embark on a journey filled with awe-inspiring vistas, cultural encounters, and unforgettable moments. Choose Islamabad as your starting point for your trip and let the adventure begin.

Add Ons

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.
The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.
 Please contact us for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Deosai Khunjerab

Extend your adventure in Pakistan and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty and wildlife of Deosai and Khunjerab National Parks. For more information, explore our Deosai and Khunjerab pages and discover the wonders awaiting you in these pristine wilderness areas.

Deosai National Park
Deosai National Park

Deosai National Park is among the prime attractions in Pakistan, offering a unique wilderness experience beyond the towering peaks of the Himalayas. Deosai National Park, known as the "Land of Giants," spans over 3,000 square kilometers and is renowned for its diverse wildlife. Visitors have the chance to spot the majestic Brown Bear, elusive Snow Leopard, and a variety of other fauna in their natural habitat.

khunjerab park
Khunjerab National Park

Khunjerab National Park, located in the breathtaking Karakoram Range, is Pakistan's highest national park and boasts a rich biodiversity. Here, you can encounter iconic species such as the Marco Polo sheep, Himalayan ibex, and the elusive Snow Leopard..

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Itinerary

One of our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or (depending upon your arrival time) you can enjoy an exploratory walk in he old part of Lahore; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .You will then continue on the Mall Road – before arriving at the gleaming provincial capital, Lahore. You pass shining new buildings and park areas. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: None Accommodation: Hotel

Today morning after breakfast at hotel we will move out on The Mall Road, which was a modern thoroughfare lined with exquisite buildings of great public and private utility during British time. We will stop over at Gymkhana Club or Little Britian opposite Lawrence Gardens to take a view of this symbol of prestige and a favorite haunt of men of diverse talents and fortune. The halls of club were built in memory of two Governors Sir John Lawrence and Sir Robert Montgomery. We will move to The Lahore Museum built by the British in Moghul Gothic style and opened in 1894.John Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard’s father was the museum’s first curator. It is the best museum in Pakistan with a superb collection of Moghal period includes illustrated manuscripts, miniatures, rugs and carvings. It also has excellent galleries of pre historic Pakistan and a superb collection of Buddhist stone sculpture. The famous Zam – Zama gun casted in 1760 stand in front of the Museum. From here we move to Royal Palace of Lahore Fort which rank in size and beauty with the Moghul forts at Delhi and Agra. Akbar began building it the 1560s on the site of an older fort. From here we walk to Badshahi Mosque built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1674 after the mosques of Delhi and Agra. It consists of a huge square with a minaret at each corner. You can climb up the 204 steps to the top of one of the minarets for a bird’s eye view of the old city of Lahore. We will move for lunch to a local restaurant and enjoy the best local taste known the world over as Tanduri. Later afternoon we will go to watch the Wahgah border flag lowering ceremony. The lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah border is a military practice, every evening before sunset at the Wagah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. The spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists. The drill is characterized by elaborate and rapid dance-like maneuvers. It is alternatively a symbol of the two countries’ rivalry, as well as brotherhood and cooperation between the two nations. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations’ flags. It is called the “beating retreat” border ceremony on the international level. One infantryman stands at attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again. The soldiers of this ceremony are specially appointed and trained for this auspicious ceremony. Also they have additional beard and moustache policy in which they are paid additionally for it. After the ceremony we will drive to Islamabad. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

We leave today after breakfast for Swat, a picturesque northern Pakistan valley towards north east. It has a rich historical past, too. The “Udayana” (Golden) of the ancient Hindu epics; the land of enthralling beauty, where Alexander of Macedonia fought and won some of his major battles before crossing over the plans of Pakistan. This is the “valley of hanging chains” described by the famous Chinese pilgrim chronices, Huain Tsang and Fa-Hian in the fifth and sixth centuries. Swat was also the historical land where the Muslim conquerors, Mahmud Ghaznavi, Babar and Akbar fought their battles preparatory to conquest of South Asia. En route we visit the Bala Hisar mound at a distance of 28 kilometers dating back to 2500 years old and the capital of Gandhara from sixth century B.C to second century A.D. According to Herodotus , the Greek historian writing in about 460 B.C Darius sent the explorer Scylax of Caryanda to sail down from here and find the sea. Gandhara remained with Achaemenid Empire for next 200 years until its overthrow by Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C. Our next stop will be at Takht e Bahi Buddhist monastery of first century A.D. It has 38 votive stupas and the largest statues must have been 33 feet high donated by rich pilgrims, supposed to enshrine the ashes of Lord Buddha and surrounded by the chapels. Then we will see the cells of Monks in the Monastery Court. These cells are believed to be originally plastered and painted in different colours. The next part of our journey is to Chakdara passing through the Malakand Pass. Photo stop at the top of this pass will allow admire superb panoramic views over the valley. There is also a Fort built by the British. There are also a few Churchill Piquets all along the Pass. These security check posts were used by the British army to watch the movements of local Pathan tribes who fought against them. Despite the heavy fights that lasted years, the British army never succeeded in defeating local tribes who posed them fierce resistance. In fact, British controlled the whole sub­continent except this zone which is now known as Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw. Next is Chakdara Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 16th century and now in use of Army. Next is Chakdara Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 16th century and now in use of Army. We will be in Fiza Ghat by evening for overnight stay. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After break fast we drive towards Besham via Shangla pass and down to Besham via alpuri valley. This drive to Chilas via the pass is spectacular and you will enjoy each moments of our drive long drive. Drive: 8-9 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Riakot on Karakoram Highway as it carves a swathe through the meeting points of world three largest congregation of mountains at before Juglot, is an adventure in itself. Then further drive by jeep to Tato & hike to Fairy Meadows. Tato: The steep and difficult ascent on a rocky trail will lead the group to a small hamlet of Tato which is comprised of few clay lofts scattered around. This village is inhabited by the upright and fierce yet very hospitable Chilasi people whose origin is Kohistan. Fairy Meadows: The traditional base camp of Nanga Parbat, known as Fairy Meadows. The local people believe that this beautiful place is an abode of fairies and ghosts. The lush green plateau presents some of the most spectacular sights one can ever witness. One forgets the tiring walk up to this magnificent site when one beholds a landscape of rushing torrents with a panoramic back – drop of the mighty Nanga Parbat. Walk: Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 10 m, Descent: 310 m Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3050 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Free day for sightseeing, nature watching and hiking. Optional hike to Nanga Parbat BC and back to Fairy Meadows. Walk: Distance: 12 Km, Ascent: 400 m, Descent: 410 m Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3550 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

After breakfast hike down to Tato and drive on KKH to Hunza valley, enroute stop at Rakaposhi base camp view point and visit Diran view point for glimpse of Diran peak. Main attraction of this road journey is Rakaposhi Base Camp and Altit and Baltit Forts. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

Morning visit to Baltit Fort. Baltit Fort is an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Founded in the 1st CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.In the past, the survival of the feudal regime of Hunza was ensured by the impressive fort, which overlooks Karimabad. The foundations of the fort date back to 700 years ago, with rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the local prince married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. Visit around the area, you would feel as if you’d stepped back in time in past period. After Baltit Fort you go to Ganish village. Ganish is the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza, and is the site of various ancient watch towers, traditional mosques, religious centers, and a reservoir.The Ali Gohar House in Ganish, is located next to one of the iconic shikaris (watchtowers) of the town. The 400-year-old house was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2009 Then we proceed to Altit Fort. Altit Fort is an ancient fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley,It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza state who carried the title Mir.Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, which makes it the oldest monument in the Gilgit–Baltistan. Then go up to the highest observation place at Duikar to enjoy 360-degree panoramic view and sunset reflections on peaks of lady finger, Haramosh peak, Rakaposhi and many others. This is one of the best elevated way to fully enjoy a sunset. Spiritually and physically, we would like you to feel the air as well. It will be unforgettable experience. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast we proceed to Attabad lake, Husaini suspension bridge and Passu. Glacier. The glaciers are really eerie, almost alive, as they creak and melt in the sun. Rocks continually fall down as the ice melts.Experience the passu glacier cracking and spikes from the view point. The valleys of Hunza and Nagar are some of the most beautiful valleys in the northern parts of Pakistan. The people of this area are known for their legendary good health, longevity and hospitality. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

Today leave for Besham travelling on the Karakoram Highway through captivating and enthralling landscape. In places, sheer, snow capped mountains ascending from deep valleys while elsewhere, lush alpine meadows are carpeted by colorful wildflowers and dazzling apple blossoms. Terraced villages dot this monumental terrain, supported by traditional farming methods and lifestyles that have changed little over the centuries. Leave for Naran on the Karakoram Highway and Naran Chilas Road through captivating and enthralling landscape of zigzag road winding through terraced filed, fruit laden orchard and above Babusar pass at a height of 4145 m. The Valley extends for 155 km rising from an elevation of 2,134 meters to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at 4,145 meters. Before Karakoram Highway was opened in 1978, the only road access to Gilgit was through Kaghan Valley.Kaghan valley is a very beautiful & attractive valley. That’s why it is called virtual paradise, unbelievably in pristine state and still unspoiled by the human. You’ll find the Himalayan peaks hidden with clouds or snow, somewhere you’ll find the beautiful fairy tale lakes, which will attract you toward them, and you might decide not to leave this at any cost.Take a rest at the pass enjoying the scenic beauty around before descending down to Lulusar lake. Lulu Sar Lake which is wreathed in blue and gold wild flowers, and is the main source of river Kunhar. Near Gittidas is the 11,000 feet high Lulusar Lake out of which river Kunhar issues anew with redoubled strength to flow down the valley first as placid blue stream and then a roaring torrent until it joins the Jhelum. Lulusar has very enchanting beauty and its view remains in the mind of tourist for a long time. The is surrounded by snowcapped hills whose purple and white forms are reflected in the green-blue waters of the silent lake, making it one of the most beautiful spots in the valley. Take a rest at Lulusar lakes and drive down to Naran stopping at Gittidas, Batakundi for scenic photo ops. These are numerous scenic places, sheer, snow capped mountains ascending from deep valleys, lush alpine meadows are carpeted by colorful wildflowers and dazzling fruits. Terraced villages dot this monumental terrain, supported by traditional farming methods and lifestyles that have changed little over the centuries. Drive: 7-8 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, we will start our journey towards Taxila,” The World Oldest Existing City”, 32 kilometers from Islamabad spanning a rich history from 516 B.C to 600 A.D. In the 6th century B.C, the Achaemenians of Persia made it the Gandharan capital. Alexander the Great paused here en route from Swat. Situated strategically on a branch of the Silk Road, Taxila linked China to the West, Taxila reached its apogee between the 1st and 5th centuries. It is now one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia. The ruins of the four settlement sites at Taxila reveal the pattern of urban evolution on the Indian subcontinent through more than five centuries. The Mauryan emperor Ashoka, a patron of Buddhism, built a university here in 2nd century B.C biggest of its time in the world, to which pilgrims and scholars came from all over Asia. It requires two days to explore this richest archaeological sites of Asia but we will spent one day to view its excellent museum houses one of the best collections of Gandharan Buddhist in the world. Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila Museum. For over the thousand years, Taxila remained famous as a center of learning Gandhara art of Sculpture, architecture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 kms around Taxila. Some of the most important sites are: Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery (300 BC 200 AD), Bhir Mound (600-200 BC), Sirkap (200 BC 600 AD), Jandial Temple (c.250 BC) and Julian Monastery (200- 600 AD). One of these sites, the Bihr mound, is associated with the historic event of the triumphant entry of Alexander the Great into Taxila. The archaeological sites of Saraikala, Bhir, Sirkap, and Sirsukh are collectively of unique importance in illustrating the evolution of urban settlement on the Indian subcontinent. The prehistoric mound of Saraikala represents the earliest settlement of Taxila, with evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age occupation. The Bhir mound is the earliest historic city of Taxila, and was probably founded in the 6th century BC by the Achaemenians. Its stone walls, house foundations, and winding streets represent the earliest forms of urbanization on the subcontinent. Bihr is also associated with Alexander the Great’s triumphant entry into Taxila in 326 BC. Sirkap was a fortified city founded during the mid-2nd century BC. The many private houses, stupas, and temples were laid out on the Hellenistic grid system and show the strong Western classical influence on local architecture. The city was destroyed in the 1st century by the Kushans, a Central Asian tribe. To the north, excavations of the ruins of the Kushan city of Sirsukh have brought to light an irregular rectangle of walls in ashlar masonry, with rounded bastions. These walls attest to the early influence of Central Asian architectural forms on those of the subcontinent. The Taxila serial site also includes Khanpur cave, which has produced stratified microlithic tools of the Mesolithic period, and a number of Buddhist monasteries and stupas of various periods. Buddhist monuments erected throughout the Taxila valley transformed it into a religious heartland and a destination for pilgrims from as far afield as Central Asia and China. Other Buddhist archaeological sites at Taxila include the Khader Mohra grouping, the Kalawan grouping, the Giri monasteries, the Kunala stupa and monastery, the Jandial complex, the Lalchack and the Badalpur stupa remains and monasteries, the Pipplian and the Bahalar stupa and remains. After Taxila drive to Lahore. Depending upon time transfer to Airport for onward flight out of country.

Frequently asked questions

We loves to customize personal trips -- for you, your friends, or organization. Our published land costs are typically based on number of individuals, so the number in your party may affect your land costs. Just give us a call/contact us and let us know what you're interested in, and we'll do our best to Make It Happen.

We are happy to help you arrange accommodations before and after your trip. Our area directors can recommend side excursions and restaurants for the extra time.

Our guide or representative will pick you up at the airport on the scheduled arrival date. We can help you arrange accommodations if you arrive earlier, and we are happy to make suggestions for transportation, restaurants and sightseeing.

All of our guides are highly skilled experienced professionals who have been selected based on their careful judgment, local knowledge, understanding of our client's needs, patience and supportive guiding styles, and great personalities. In addition to their impressive personal achievements in the field, our guides bring a wealth of natural history, cultural anthropology and linguistic knowledge for their group's enlightenment. Our international guides and staff surpass the needs of our clientele and make the trip enjoyable beyond expectations.

You will be greeted by our representative at airport on your arrival. He shall be holding a placard of your name for identification. We shall also provide you list of emergency 24 hours contact numbers for any emergency.

There is no way to know how quickly our trips are going to fill up. Many of our trips fill up months in advance. So send in your application and a deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want.

This must be obtained before arrival and we recommend that you contact your local Pakistani embassy or consulate when planning your trip.

Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful destination. So much so, that one should definitely plan a visit to this cold desert as a bucket list check box. With beautiful lakes and treks to offer, Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a must-visit place to go to. In winter, the temperature in Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan drops down severely and becomes even more picturesque. One can visit the frozen lakes, if not the Baltoro trek, one can do the trek on the Shigar, Khaplu valleys, visit Gilgit Gilgit Baltistani festivals that help you interact with the locals as well.

Yes, if you have a small bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trek, you will be able to store it safely in Islamabad or Skardu for the duration of the trip.

What do i need to bring? A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a dossier. Every year, after assessing feedback from our clients and guides, we review and update our lists so they are as complete and up-to-date as possible. Every list has a description of each item, however feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. It is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

All accommodations are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodations, we will pair you with another traveler of same gender. If you request single accommodations or a roommate cannot be assigned, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee.

Pakistani people love to take pictures and photograph themselves ! Do not forget your camera ! Photography is a great fun in Pakistan as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. In some of the monuments one has to pay fee for the photography. Our guide will suggest you where it is worth to photograph and where not. At some of the locations photography is not allowed. It is prohibited to photograph military installations, which can include some the train stations, bridges and airports also.Do not photograph these objects otherwise your film can be confiscated.

Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details.

You can sign up for the trip directly on our website. To secure your place on this trip, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the side of the page, or the dates tab to the right. You will also need to have the below information to hand: • Name as per Passport • Home Address • Email Address • Telephone Number • Date of Birth Before you embark on your trip, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

US$300 for scheduled trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.

If we cancels a trip due to any reason, you will receive a full refund.

The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence. The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none than in anywhere in the world despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence. we have continued to operate trips in the region each year and we are confident that these regions remains one of the most beautiful, compelling and welcoming places on earth. The major concentrations of troubles are in the western parts of Pakistan and 100s of miles to the Islamabad. Their major concentrations are in areas which have had little or no tourism (investment, hard currency, etc) which is one of the reasons that their message has played well in these very poor districts. By comparison, the K2 Region is a very well and worldly part of Pakistan. That said, whenever you travel in Pakistan (or anywhere in the world for that matter), you should definitely use personal caution. We avoid any known dangerous situations. We monitor political situations posted by the government Office and ground reports from our staff and network of contacts. As when traveling in any region, make sure to keep an eye on your possessions and take certain common-sense measures to prevent theft or dangerous situations. The first rule of trekking K2 Base Camp is to step to the wall side when you meet a mule, since otherwise you can be knocked off the edge. The main danger for most people doing the straight-in, straight-out route is altitude sickness(AKA Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS). For most people, this can be avoided by sleeping no more than 300 metres higher than you did the night before and taking an acclimatisation day every 1000 metres. Serious AMS is more common in folk doing group tours than in independent trekkers. Other common injuries are twisted ankles and sprains. Rock falls, moraine and glacier crossings add significant risk to longer treks involving crossing high passes such as the Gondogoro-La. As always, it’s unwise to trek solo in case you fall and can’t extricate yourself: Do note, that it is illegal to trek solo.

Pakistani tap water is not safe to drink. Bring water purifying tablets or a water purifying stickto save money and the environment. Note that at higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to use boiled water.Buy a decent thermos flask or plastic water container, so that you can top up with hot, boiled water at the beginning of the day – starting with hot water will stop it freezing.

Yes – why not stay on and explore more of what Pakistan has to offer! We can request with to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.

Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to really experience a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of on lavish hotels and expensive western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. Another thing you'll notice are the inclusions. While we don't include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page we show you the 'Included Highlights' of your trip, things that many other companies charge locally for. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do on a daily basis.

In brief a customized itinerary is an itinerary prepared according to your personal needs. After all, you would have requested this to us as part of the process of customization. Your specific interest, preferences and needs are weighted with our knowledge of logistics and highlights of the area.

istann currency is the rupee, which is made of 100 paisa. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easily exchanged throughout Pakistan. Most international airports of the country have the money exchange counters, and also some selected larger hotels and resorts have this facility to their customer.

Of course the most regularly used cards are Visa and MasterCard, but neither American Express nor Dinner’s Club are broadly accepted in Pakistan. While you are going out of the main cities to the small places, it is recommended that you carry enough Pakistann currency for purchasing and tipping purpose.

With its many diverse landscapes and attractions, Pakistan is an admirable destination for the family traveler. Some of the good options are beach holidays and wildlife adventures in the national parks, while many monuments have sight and light shows that will capture children’s imagination. For teenagers, the many outdoor activities, such as camel safari and trekking, are an illustrative card. Without the second thinking, the big challenge for families travelling in this country might be the distances that need to be covered between cities. Air travel and railway journeys are usually the most comfortable forms of traveling, and are strongly recommended to those with the young children.

Pakistani cuisine has several variations, with each region famous for its own techniques, ingredients and spices. In northern regions, meat dishes are very popular, which are usually made with chicken, mutton or lamb whereas in southern part vegetarian cuisine is most favored. In addition, seafood is also readily available, particularly at the coast. While Pakistani cuisine tends to be spicy, most restaurants will gladly prepare a milder variation of the meals on the request of their customer.

We have English speaking guides all over Pakistan. At many places , we also have french , German , Spanish ,Italian and Japenese and other language speaking guides. We can also provide accompanying foreign language speaking tourist guides for individuals and groups. The availability of foreign language speaking guides can be confirmed at the time of reservation.

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Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Group 2-4 Adult 2 4 10%
2 Group 5-8 Adult 5 8 15%
3 Group 9-12 Adult 9 12 20%
4 Group 13-16 Adult 16 25%

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